I'm sure I've heard of this blog before - how could something this great not have been discussed within the various ministerial/theological realms? - but there was an interview today on NPR with the blog author, and it was a great reminder to check the blog out again.Beauty Tips for Ministers
This is a great example of practical theology, a place of more heaven and earth meeting than not - or phrased a bit differently, worldly and spiritual things coming together.
For a while I've believed that What Not to Wear ought to do some kind of seminarian makeover special (or something like that). With the continued influx of women into public ministry positions, there is new territory that is brought into being. The very presence of women in ordained positions changes the way that ordained ministry looks, feels, smells, talks, etc. The church is changed for good (I mean that in both senses of the word) with women in the pulpit. But there are definitely new spaces in which to navigate the already-perilous world of fashion.
How does one look up-to-date as female clergy (not frumpy) without either bowing to bad fashion trends or getting too sexy? (And in this new paradigm of women pulpiteers, perhaps it is time to work on this whole thing of where Jesus' church is in this realm of uberprofessional church-as-business models, as well. Do faithful Christians need to challenge certain patriarchal business formalities that have crept into the church?) And then, of course, what about fat women pastors? The intersection of fatness, fashion, and ordained pastoral ministry is even more of a new space.
PeaceBang, author of said blog, is providing a valuable service to the church and the world-at-large.